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Summary of The Beggar
The Beggar Class 9 : revolves around an old man named Lushkoff who was unable to find work. Therefore, he begged on the streets to survive until he met a wealthy man named Sergie. Having seen a well-off man, Lushkoff asked Sergie for some work and told him that he used to be a school teacher in a village but lost his job because people were against him. Sergei remembered that he had seen this beggar before. At that time, the beggar had said he was a student who had been expelled. The lawyer was disgusted and threatened to hand him over to the police for lying. Hearing this, Lushkoff broke down and admitted that he had lied so people would feel sorry for him because of his condition. He confessed that he used to sing in a Russian choir but was fired after drinking too much alcohol. He once again requested Sergie to give him some work in order to survive.
Seeing his pathetic and deteriorating condition, Sergei asked Lushkoff if he could chop wood for him at his house. Lushkoff got ready for that. Then Sergei called out his cook namely Olga and ordered him to take the sick man into the woodshed and let him chop wood there. Although he got weaker because of his drunkenness, he tried chopping wood as instructed. When Sergie looked at him, he felt sorry for making the sick man do menial labor in such cold weather. An hour later, Olga told us that all the wood had been chopped by then. He came once in a month to work, and he got his paycheck after that.
Soon, Sergie shifted himself to a new house and found Lushkoff, who was now sober and down-to-earth. He helped pack and haul former’s furniture. Lushkoff used to shiver when he was cold, but he did his work well. Seeing his dedication, Sergie offered him a better job and asked if he could write letters for him. Lushkoff agreed and Sergie gave a letter to be sent to a friend where he would need to do some copy work. But after that Lushkoff never came back!
After two years, Sergei saw Lushkoff at the theater. Lushkoff was well-groomed and looked like he had some money. Sergei asked him about his job and found out that he was working as a notary and earned thirty-five roubles every month. Sergei felt good for helping Lushkoff become responsible because he had shown him the right path to take in life.
Lushkoff thanked Sergie for being kind to him when he was a beggar. Lushkoff also said that Olga was the one who chopped wood for him, and she would give money to him for doing it. Lushkoff thinks Olga is very kind because she would give away her own money. Although she would often criticize him, she also cried when he was in a bad condition. She said that he should stop drinking and helped him to change his ways because of her kind words and good deeds. Lushkoff stopped drinking completely because of her example and said that he owed her a lot for being so kind.
Textual Questions of The Beggar
Question 1. Has Lushkoff become a beggar by circumstance or by choice?
Answer: In the past, Lushkoff used to sing in a Russian choir. He was sent away for being drunk. Instead of looking for a new job, Lushkoff decided to become a beggar.
Question 2. What reasons does he give to Sergei for telling lies?
Answer: At first, Lushkoff tried to befool Sergei by telling him a lie. When he was caught red-handedly, he told everthing exactly it had happened. According to him, he was sent away from the Russian choir because he drank alcohol. If he told people this truth, then they would not help him or give him money.
Question 3. Is Lushkoff a willing worker? Why, then, does he agree to chop wood for Sergei?
Answer: No, he does not want to work. Alcohol has made him weak and he has no interest in working. He agrees to chop wood for Sergei not because he was hungry or wanted to work but because he is ashamed and trapped by his own words.
Question 4. Sergei says, “I am happy that my words have taken effect.” Why does he say so? Is he right in saying this?
Answer: Sergei says, “I am happy that my words have taken effect.” He is happy because he thinks that he is the reason why Lushkoff became a notary and a transformed soul. Sergei is partly right about the notary position but Sergei isn’t the only one who helped Lushkoff. It was also Olga who cut his wood and helped him transforming himself.
Question 5. Lushkoff is earning thirty five roubles a month. How is he obliged to Sergei for this?
Answer: Lushkoff is earning thirty five roubles a month. He was in trouble before he met Sergei. He might have been begging or pretending to be someone else if Sergei hadn’t helped him by giving him work. He is grateful to Sergie and will always stay loyal to him because of how much he has done for Lushkoff..
Question 6. During their conversation Lushkoff reveals that Sergei’s cook, Olga, is responsible for the positive change in him. How has Olga saved Lushkoff?
Answer: Sergie took Lushkoff to his home and gave him the task of chopping wood. He asked Olga, his cook, to take Lushkoff to the wood shed and let him chop some. But instead of letting Lushkoff do it, Olga chopped some for herself so that he wouldn’t have had to do it. That kindness changed him so that he could earn money for himself.
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